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Monday, November 3, 2014

New editions of magazines out, and minutiae.


The new edition of Off Grid is out .  I got mine at Walmart.  This issue has a lot of information on things like land navigation, first aid and related matters.  It's an interesting read.  As usual, it's oriented towards the very well off.  A couple of the bug out vehicles in here were amazing, but beyond the reach of the normal mortal.  Off Grid costs $8.98 if you get it at Walmart, a bit more I suppose if you buy it elsewhere. As far as I know, there's no Kindle edition, as there is for Recoil, which is a sister publication dealing with modern small arms.


Survivalist came out with a new edition.  Of all the survival magazines, Survivalist is the only one I am aware of that really tackles some of the issues of life today that impact on people. Most of the magazines prefer to just stick to nuts and bolts articles, so they won't alienate anyone or draw the ire of the federal government. The editors of Survivalist have no such qualms. This particular issue emphasizes that with a number of different stories on negative aspects of nanny government.

There's also an interview with Joe Teti, the guy who essentially drove Cody Lundin off Dual Survival.  I read the article but it wasn't really that interesting as far as I was concerned. There's a nice pictorial of firearms used by the military, but the impact is somewhat diminished by the fact that there are some glaring mistakes in the photo captions. Someone who was editing that article either doesn't know guns or was not really paying attention to their work.



ZQ 7.62X51 ammo has been marked down at Walmart from $17.00 a box to $10.00 a box while it lasts. I bought three yesterday just because it seemed like too good a deal to pass up. The brass is good quality and reloadable, so you might want to swing by and get some if you have a .308 or 7.62X51 that you need ammo for.




Never really warmed up yesterday, and it's 28 degrees outside right now, at a quarter to five in the morning. I don't have much planned , just have to see what turns up during the day.

16 comments:

  1. It got cold yesterday too! I know why ammo is in short supply. The guys down in our valley shoot from dawn to dusk every weekend and some of it is explosive. I can't imagine how much money they have into it! They must be buying wholesale. LOL

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    1. It's like that here too during deer season. Virtually the entire male population of the county is out in the national forest hunting. I keep close to the house, since rambling out in the woods, making noise, may draw a fusillade down on you. People get jumpy and fire before they positively identify their target visually. Last year a guy lit a cigarette on one side of an open space, and a fellow at the other end fired at the flare of the match and did him in. In all fairness, most of the accidents don't involve local people at all, but people from Atlanta and the suburbs.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' we got a big cold front do tomorrow or wensday.

    I've seen the same Turkish ammo in out walmart on sale also. Our walmart is fully stocked with ammo despite all the shooters down here.

    I really don't read the magazines. I find that they are usually not written by someone from our ranks. They are put together in some 'writing sweatshop' I believe by English and creative writing graduates that got sick of making coffee at Starbucks for ten bucks and hour.

    I prefer literature by 'experienced individual's' that are actually living the lifestyle of a survivalist, prepper.

    On that note, I purchased a book by 'Max Velocity" called 'Patriot Dawn" when its completed Harry. Its yours if you want it.

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    1. I appreciate that , CC. I like the magazines because many of the articles are written by people who specialize in some particular aspect of self sufficiency. I tend to be a generalist and I can pick up useful things here and there from the articles. Then too, there's the aspect of seeing really nice things that I personally will not be able to afford, but it's enjoyable reading about them. Like people who look at car magazines, knowing they can never buy a muscle car but they just like them.

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  3. Got some of that Turkish stuff to shoot in my '66 NATO Ishapore at the Gunblogger Rendezvous because it was affordable. Some said it was loaded hot, and it stuck a bit in my chamber, but that was MY FAULT. It was the first time I had fired the gun actually and the whole experience was dandy but the rifle was DRY as a bone, and just needed some lube. It fed and functioned fine, and hit the 300-yard gong (off a rest) too.

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    1. I'm a big fan of the Ishy. I own several, have fired both .308 and 7.62X51 out of them, and never had the first problem. The Turkish ammo has gotten a bum rap, and I think that's because five or six years ago, some Turkish 1940's era military surplus (8mm Mauser) came into the country. That ammo worked fine, but it was a little hot. So now I think people hear Turkish ammo and they make that subconscious connection. Modern Turkish ammo is as good as any in the states as far as I can tell from shooting it.

      That's pretty good shooting for a military surplus rifle nearly 50 years old.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Oh' come on now, I want an Ishapore .308.

      Now I'm sounding like Kymber:(

      She cant get Vikings and I cant get an Ishapore.

      You old guys are having all the fun.....buying classic guns at rock bottom prices years ago and all of us 'kids are now paying big bucks for fun toys.

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    3. CC, I can probably find one on an auction if you want to bid on it, but they are high now. Used to be, nobody wanted them but now they get snapped up quickly. I will keep my eye out for one.

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  4. Makes sense, the sins of the father visited upon the son. I also didn't hit the gong on the first shot! ;-)

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    1. I shoot on a little range I have built behind my barn, and I just have paper targets, or sometimes old pots hanging from a tree. I'm not very high tech. We do have a nice range in this area, run by the gun club. I used to shoot out there a lot. But as more and more people moved here from Florida, with special interests, it got harder and harder to get a shooting station. I'd go out only to find that they were having a turkey shoot, or a bowling pin shoot, or a black powder shoot...... no room in the manger for an old guy just shooting old rifles. My main concern is to be able to hit a man sized target from 100 yards, which is about the max distance I'd have to fire in these woods, and that would be very rare. The foliage is so thick and heavy, even in winter, that long range shooting is not at a premium here.

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  5. It's great that you have some good reads for the colder weather. It's been fine in Nebraska. I heard that it snowed in Nebraska, but it didn't snow where I live yet. We just got a little rain.

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    1. Alissa,

      I'm surprised. I always think of Nebraska as a flat place, where the wind comes howling and big blizzards come out of nowhere. I think I got that idea from reading about the original settlers and how hard a place that was to survive the winter in.

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  6. Harry,

    Same here with really not warming up. Were getting all kinds of rain today, no complaints about it we sure need it.

    Joe Teti is all into himself, I like Cody Lundin. Have you read his book, 98.6 degrees when all hell breaks loose? The book is a good read.

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    1. Sandy,

      I've got both of Cody Lundins books and I like them both. I've read 98.6 degrees several times. In one of them, he tells the story of the guy who left his motel and went out for a walk, and just never came back. He had an accident in the woods close to the hotel and did not survive. That's when I started carrying a pack with a minimal amount of equipment and supplies even for short jaunts into the forest. Now I don't go out in the woods far from the house very often, but I still have a little pack I take down to the mailbox, in case I come to grief on that little hike. I like Cody Lundin, but Joe Teti aggravates me. That kind of guy aggravated me in the Marine Corps, too. I am uneasy with people who think they know everything and that believe all they have to do to get you to do what they say is talk fast and railroad you into following them.

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  7. I checked a book out of the library that I thought had some interesting tips. It's a new release - called Prepare for Anything. It's put out by Outdoor Life, and it had some unusual ideas in a few places, and beautiful pictures. I am still planning to try to make their hard tack recipe, for kicks.

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    1. I'll have to take a look at that one .Sounds like something I should have in my personal library. Every year, Popular Science and a number of similar publications put out a survival issue, but I haven't seen the Outdoor life magazine doing that. I may have just missed it, but the book sounds like it might be a compilation of articles. Hard tack has been in use for at least 500 years, primarily in the form of rations for sailors and soldiers. During the Napoleonic wars special, expensive versions were developed to be sold to officers of the Royal Navy. During our Civil War, it was standard issue , with bacon, and was often fried up in bacon grease to make it softer. I wouldn't mind being able to make my own hard tack.

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